MobileRead Forums Now Available as an App

It may have taken a few more years than some would have liked but MobileRead is now available via Tapatalk.

For those who don't know, Tapatalk is an immensely popular app which lets users login and participate in their favorite forums. It''s been around since at least 2009, so you could think of it as a precursor to the many blogs and news sites who have launched their own apps over the past several years.

You can use the Tapatalk app to read and respond to comments, upload content, and generally do everything you'd expect to do via a web browser.

This app has pretty much grown to be the de facto method for forums to add mobile support, so much so that I can't recall forums ever going through the same explosion in apps that blogs have in the past few years. It did take MR a while to join the party, and Alex, the owner of MobileRead, had considered adding support for Tapatalk a couple times but held off for one reason or another. This would have required installing a plugin, and as I understand it the plugin raised security and technical problems that Alex wanted to see addressed before he installed the plugin.

Given that MR also had a mobile site at mobileread.mobi, we thought there was no need to rush the issue.

I'm told the app works well, though I have not tried it myself. The app costs 3 bucks, and I don't feel it's worth it. I don't tend to browse MR while mobile and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm also balking at the thought that I would have to buy an app for iOS as well as Android (I do have an iPad); as a matter of principle I object to having to buy content 2 and 3 times.

You can find the Tapatalk apps in iTunes, Google Play, SlideMe, and for the BlackBerry.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. DavidW6 August, 2012

    Tapatalk has strange bugs. Anyone that uses it always leaves behind artifacts of inapplicable coding on their forum posts. For instance, [url] becomes kind of thing. I avoid it. I either slog through typing on my iphone or wait until I’m back in front of a pc. But others really like it, so I don’t know.

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